Diablo II Resurrected - Overcoming the Insane Hurdles of Making a 2D Game... 3D | Art of the Level

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Diablo II is one of the most beloved action RPGs of all time. The open-ended design of Diablo 2's classes and itemization system makes it a game with seemingly limitless potential, yet it’s also defined by its restrictions, and its many idiosyncrasies.

While the genre has evolved a lot in the 21 years since the release of Diablo 2, its core design has stood the test of time, so for Diablo 2: Resurrected, developers Blizzard Entertainment and Vicarious Visions chose to remaster, not remake. In Resurrected, the original Diablo 2 is always running under the hood, driving all the gameplay, and players can switch back to it at the press of a button.

This was no small undertaking, and we’re going to be using Diablo 2’s Act 2 to illustrate the extreme lengths to which the development team went in order to take one of Blizzard’s most enduring classics and breathe new life into it.

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